George Nakshima (1905-1990) architect,woodworker,artist
George Nakashima was born in Spokane Washington in 1905/ B.A. architecture University of Washington/ Master's from MIT in 1930/Prix Fontainebleau from L'Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts in France.

Through the sponsorship of Antonin Raymond, Nakashima came to work on his farm in Bucks County Pa. He then purchased a parcel of land where he designed and built his workshop and studio. The property now has 14 buildings on a south facing slope, landscaped by Nakashima.
The Showroom was built in 1954, the Conoid Studio in 1957, Mingruen Museum in 1956, and the Reception House in 1976. The Conoid Studio roof was an experimental reinforced concrete shell, the Mingruen Museum roof is a plywood hyperbolic paraboloid shell. There are other similar structures on the property illustrating his skill and fascination with thin-shell construction.           *bio material from  website*


Two additions added to this home, owned by the artist Ben Shawn, were designed by George Nakashima. The home includes incredible woodwork throughout.



Overview of Philadelphia Area Mid-Century Modern Residential Architecture  (below on this page)   Photo overview   followed by brief written overview of Philadelphia mid-century architects  .

Time Line  of area modern homes from 1930's to today
 Mid-Century Modern Homes
Architects Who Designed Mid-Century Modern Homes in the Philadelphia Region    
 photographs of the regional homes designed by each architect are included
 Allan Berkowitz  Louis Kahn  George Nakashima
 Edward Bernstein  Vincent Kling  Richard Neutra
 Robert Bishop  Thaddeus Longstreth  Norman Rice
Frank Boyer  William Lescaze  Paul Rudolph
 Marcel Breuer  Joel Levinson  Galen Schlosser
 Armand Carroll  Thomas Mangan  Harry Sternfeld
 Albert Clauss  Irving Maitin  Irwin Stein
 Nathan Cronheim  George Mebus  Oscar Stonorov
 George Daub  Ehrman Mitchell  Frank Weise
 Kenneth Day  Newcomb Montgomery  Frank Lloyd Wright
Agoos/ Lovera LaVardera, Greg Re:Vision Architecture
Bloomfield and Associates M. G. Leach Rosenblum, Martin
Bower Lewis Thrower Metcalfe Architecture Stanev Potts
Culbert, Doug McDonald, Tim/Onion Flats Tarantino Studio
Erdy McHenry Moto Design Shop Verner, Steven
Interface Studio QB3 Webber, Brett
Jibe Design Michael Ryan Architects Wesley Wei Architects
Kieran Timberlake Rasmussen/Su Wesley Architects
Krieger & Associates
Wyant Architecture



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